NFL fantasy football: Adrian Peterson on PUP list

No fear: Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was placed on the “Active/PUP” listfor the start of training camp on Friday. Though he can be activated at any time, it’s a cautionary move by the team to ensure their centerpiece is healthy for the regular season.

Will Adrian Peterson return to elite status? (Evan Habeeb/US Presswire)

Still, fantasy football owners shouldn’t let the news get in the way of selecting him during the early-rounds of drafts. Though the smart move is to follow in the footsteps of the Vikings and play it conservative, A.P. could prove to be one of the better values in 2012. He was selected in the third-round of the NFL fantasy experts league mock draft, and currently has an ADP of 26.96 in NFL.com’s draft center. Considering he finished 7th in scoring among all running backs despite missing four games and notching a career low in total yardage, the Oklahoma product could pay huge dividends if he returns to form.

Health concern: Philadelphia Eagles tight end Brent Celek suffered a “slight” MCL sprain during the team’s first training camp practice on Thursday. Though the injury is not considered serious, potential fantasy football owners might want to monitor the situation if they plan on selecting him in drafts. The Cincinnati product went under the knife twice during the offseason to repair a sports hernia and torn hip labrum. Celek had stated he feels ” like I’m fixed now,” but this latest injury calls that statement into question. Currently considered a No. 2 tight end in NFL.com’s fantasy rankings, it might be best to avoid him until his health is no longer an issue.

Early signs: With training camps opening, there are plenty of training camp stories and positional battles fantasy football owners will want to keep an eye on. The focus on Robert Griffin III during the Washington Redskins first day of practice drew some attention away from the early pecking order at wide receiver. Pierre Garcon predictably lined up as the No. 1 wideout, but it was Josh Morgan who lined up across from him, with Santana Moss in the slot. The possibility of this scenario was made during OTAs, and it has become reality for the time being. Garcon carries the most weight in fantasy land, considered a No. 3 wide receiver in current rankings. However, owners considering the selection of Moss as a possible flex or depth play might want to reconsider if Morgan does indeed hold on to the job.

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